That’s Right Nate

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House Bill Would Make People Like Stephen Hawking Disposable

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There was an excellent opinion piece in the Investment Business Daily.   It explains why the threat to the American way of life is so great in a socialized medical scheme like the one that the Democrats want to push through congress.   It warns that in countries like Britain the government determines how much care you get based on how healthy you are.   The piece points out, “People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.”  How truly sad this is.   I wonder how Hawking gets his medical career since he has lived his whole life in the U.K.   Even though I’m not a big fan of science, I do like Hawking because of his robot voice and would be willing to contribute to bringing him to the United States for medical care.

I think as conservatives we should make Stephen Hawking a symbol.   Like I said, I know he’s a scientist, but he does have a brilliant mind and that mind is one that would be wasted under a system of socialized medicine like exists in the UK.  People like Hawking and Sarah Palin’s parents need us to do everything we can to oppose socialized medicine.

On a related note, brave Kenneth Gladney, a 38 year old,  who was attacked while peacefully protesting a health care meeting at SEIU headquarters needs our help.  If you follow the video link you will see him get brutally thrown to the ground at the :06 mark and getting up at the :09 mark.   He is not the first guy on the ground.  That guy is a union thug.   As a result of the violent assault, Mr. Gladney is wheel chair bound with a broken shoulder blade,  injuries to his face, neck, arms, and legs.   With the exception of several television shows, he has been unable to speak since the incident because of the massive pain killers he is on.  The attacker has been identified as a 47 year old minister named Elston McCowan.  You can see just how badly Mr. Gladney was beaten in this clip:

and also from his appearance on Fox News the night before:

Mr. Gladney is unemployed and unfortunately that means he’s also uninsured.  You know with the ridiculous price of medical care,  he’s going to have huge bills for this and when a fund gets established, I hope that my faithful readers will help this poor man through his hour of need.


Written by thatsrightnate

August 10, 2009 at 3:13 pm

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  1. Hey Everybody. Family rumor says that Nate is going to Canada this weekend to search for his high school girlfriend, Victoria. You’ll remember she was the picture frame model. Anyway, John Hughes’ death has really inspired Nate to try and reconnect with the “one who got away.”

    In Nate’s absence, I’d be glad to keep the blog going. Why not write to Nate and tell him how much you would enjoy hearing the Steve perspective on today’s hot-button issues. Just yesterday, the Pope condemned the Holocaust. Yeah Catholics!


    August 11, 2009 at 7:49 am

  2. Nate:

    Is this blog your full time job? I mean it is either that or that you have a humongously powerful brain that can think up these posts in a fraction of the time that it takes us mere mortals. In any case I appreciate the tremendous job you are doing out in pointing out how the con are better than the libs in all ways – thank you, thank you, thank you!


    August 11, 2009 at 8:09 am

  3. I was reading your previous post about the death threat to Sarah Palin’s parents and thinking, you’re just so wonderful, Nate. Really, you are. You’re hilarious.
    But now I came here to read these comments, and I learn that you’ll be traveling to Canada? I hope you find Victoria, and that she has turned out to be a former Miss Montreal like Cecily. But isn’t she kind of too old for you now?
    Please let Steve keep this blog going while you’re away! I know he’s a poor substitute and won’t do you justice, but it’s still better than nothing! And we’ll know it’s Steve talking, and not you. We’ll notice the difference in voice right away because of his style and lack of spelling mistakes.
    But do come back soon, Nate. Sarah Palin’s parents need people like you.


    August 11, 2009 at 8:32 am

  4. Lola – Steve seems to have gone off the deep end in a major way. I really have no clue what’s going on in that vacant little head of his sometimes. The spelling mistakes are part of the style Lola. I will let you know about my plans for the week later today.

    Bishop – Thank you. It takes me about 45 minutes to an hour to write each entry and another 2 hours to spellcheck.


    August 11, 2009 at 8:45 am

  5. I’ve watched the Gladney video several times and in slow motion as well. He is on the ground and then back up in no more that two seconds. There is simply no time for the savage beating and kicking he alleges, nor does that video show it. Also after he gets up he is walking around with no sign of injury. I don’t know who started it, as the beginning was not videotaped, but the video begins with McCowan on the ground.


    August 11, 2009 at 2:00 pm

  6. Gee, thanks Matlock. If he wasn’t hurt how do you explain the second video of him in the wheelchair. Obviously, it’s one of those things that comes and goes or he wouldn’t be able to do talk shows.


    August 11, 2009 at 3:13 pm

  7. Isn’t Stephen Hawking from the UK?


    August 11, 2009 at 9:11 pm

  8. I don’t think so. His robotic voice has an American accent.


    August 11, 2009 at 9:35 pm

  9. Well, Dawn, Hawking is from UK but I do believe that he comes to our great US of A for his healthcare needs and that is how he has kept himself alive in that socialist country.


    August 12, 2009 at 10:45 am

  10. This is total sh*te. We do not treat people like this in the UK on the NHS. If you are ill, you go to your doctor, or the hospital and you get treated, for free. Simple as. Hawking himself admits he has had a LOT of quality treatment from the NHS, and it’s simply not true that people are differentiated in any way apart from their postal code – They get seen by their local service.
    The current issue over the drugs is whether it’s worth spending £15,000 on a particular drug that will keep someone terminally ill alive for a further few months, when there are other, cheaper alternatives available, and the savings made could provide more care elsewhere. If the treatment costs £15,001, it does not mean they are left to rot, they are still entitled to the rest of their treatment, again for free.
    The vast majority of us in the UK have experienced NHS care, and it cannot be denied, it is a marvellous thing. I myself, have had a plate and 8 pins to repair a smashed hip in a motorbike accident. I was in hospital for 4 weeks, and on crutches for 6 months. The aftercare was great, and now you wouldn’t know. I do not limp and I swim 2 miles, 3 times a week, no problem.
    Total cost to me £27, that’s twenty seven, or roughly twenty dollars.


    August 13, 2009 at 10:42 am

  11. I appreciate your comments on British medical care, but this is really an American discussion. I’d be grateful if you’d remember that when you’re on our internet. Its great that your country has a system of medical care that can cover your dental emergencies, soccer hooligan related injuries, and occassional cirosis. However, we remain on the forefront of medical research.


    August 14, 2009 at 7:41 am

  12. I’ll start off by saying Nate, you are very foolish and self-absorbed. You previously stated that you “aren’t a big fan of science”. Though you assert that the USA is on the forefront of medical research. Science is the foundation and progression of medical treatment, Nate. You also question how Hawking receives treatment. When a poster provides an example you disregard it and follow up with insulting “humor”. You also claim that the internet belongs to the US. It’s apparent that you are severely uneducated and/or practice confirmation bias. Get a grip on reality, Nate.


    August 14, 2009 at 9:23 pm

  13. I don’t believe you come in here and accuse me of confirmation bias. I wasn’t even talking about the Sotomayor hearings, but yes she is a liberal activist thank you very much. I understand that science is an important part of medicine, but so is religion. I tend to believe that following Jesus is more important to a person’s well being then following some thick medical book is. Aren’t you liberals supposed to be concerned about the quality of life. As for the internet, it is as American as apple pie.


    August 15, 2009 at 5:13 am

  14. Hi, Nate. Thanks for leaving this up for people to see the idiocy and know that the moronic IBD article wasn’t a hoax! IBD and most of the other sites that repeated the garbage have already pulled their articles.


    August 16, 2009 at 4:21 pm

  15. you are not “the Steve.” I am “the Steve.”


    August 16, 2009 at 6:38 pm

  16. @maccadam:
    I believe the correct spelling is shit and not sh*te. I don’t think that there are any actual English words that have stars in their spellings – at least not here in the USA where English is spoken by everyone except the illegal aliens. They, I think, speak Vulcan.


    August 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm

  17. No one suggested conversation of Sotomayor. But thanks for your attempt at aversion. Religion is not part of medicine. It is part of spirituality. You as well follow the teachings of a thick book, Nate. Don’t be so hasty to condemn one alternative over the other.


    August 17, 2009 at 11:54 am

  18. You said I had confirmation bias. What other confirmation were you talking about. Spirituality is part of medicine. Have you ever heard of faith healing. I had a friend of a friend who doctors only gave a month to live and he went to see a faith healer and he’s alive today.


    August 17, 2009 at 3:42 pm

  19. […] Business Daily changed their article I wrote about Stephen Hawking last week.  I was disapointed that they wouldn’t stick by their guns, but I really admire their […]

  20. […] a comment » I previously posted about the Investor’s Business Daily editorial on health care that stated, “People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in […]

  21. What the hell does “I’m not a big fan of science” even supposed to mean? That’s like saying “I’m not a big fan of the Universe” — I can’t even wrap my head around it because it’s such a meaningless statement.

    I haven’t read anything else on your blog, so I don’t (yet) know if you’re one of those crazy Evangelicals, Christian Scientists or Jehovah’s Witnesses — all evidence points to ‘yes’ — who buys into the sola scriptura rubbish and is too ignorant to understand what science is or that maybe science is the act of putting faith into the faculties God gave you. But it’s just so annoying to run into people who go blabbing on like they have a freaking clue when they don’t (this goes for all sides of the political spectrum, and don’t think I don’t have a bone to pick with dogmatic Darwinists).

    Bob the Chef

    October 29, 2009 at 6:06 am

  22. Science has a liberal bias. I have faith so I have no need of it.


    October 29, 2009 at 7:23 am

  23. I’m from Kansas City MO and ALL of my family is American as far back as I can Remember. I only point this out to prevent the backlash “Mmccadam” received.
    Just some simple points to clarify about Stephen Hawing
    -Nationality: British
    -Born: Oxford England
    -Resides: Cambridge England
    -Healthcare used: UK’s so called “Socialized Healthcare” the NHS.

    “I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high quality treatment without which I would not have survived.” —Stephen Hawking, August 11, 2009


    November 10, 2009 at 9:24 am

  24. How do we know you’re American. It seems to me that anybody could have looked up Kansas City, MO on a map and pretended to be from there.

    1. What two KC museums share one building?
    2. What KC establishment is famous for it’s rolls and it’s chicken?
    3. Where in KC is Harry S. Truman’s home?


    November 10, 2009 at 12:47 pm

  25. Wow, seriously bro?
    Well I don’t know how redundant this could get seeing as how I could just look up these answers as well…
    However, since I went to High School in Raytown a Kansas City Suburb, I do know that Harry S. Truman’s Home is in Independence. There is even a school named after him there (Crazy RIGHT?) As for KC food establishments famous for Rolls and Chicken. No clue where your going with that one. Only place I know in ALL of Missouri famous for their rolls is Lamberts in Springfield (I only know that because I went to College at Southwest Missouri State, now Missouri State University) and they are famous for their Rolls because they throw them at you. I prefer Gates BBQ personally and only the one on 40hwy where they scream HOW MAY I HAYLP YOOOOUUUU? Not the one off of Warnal. As for the museum, Im sure there is one building with two. But unfortunately since I’ve never been to a museum in KC, the only one I know of in down by the Plaza “Nelson Atkins Museum” with giant badminton birdies in the front lawn. Not that I’m sure how any of this is relevant to the “STEVEN HAWKING FACTS” I’m curious as to what your comment is regarding that you’ve posted on this fine site:

    “People such as scientist Stephen Hawking wouldn’t have a chance in the U.K., where the National Health Service would say the life of this brilliant man, because of his physical handicaps, is essentially worthless.”

    While Steven Hawking goes on to say “I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for the NHS” (that’s National Healthcare System)

    All that’s besides the point really, I only posted earlier to clarify. I think anybody who has an opinion is free to share it. However, it is another thing all together to simply post fallacies.

    I think it is a far worse ethical travesty to post something fabricated than post something from another country (which apparently is you only concern).


    November 10, 2009 at 7:09 pm

  26. Nice try, but you’re obviously not from KC. Sure you got Independence, but you missed on Stroud’s and also on the Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame/ Jazz Hall of Fame. Unfortunately for you, I’ve been to Kansas City.

    My problem wasn’t that you were posting something from another country, but that you were pretending to be American. Yes, I guess Steven Hawking is British, but he doesn’t have a British accent so I didn’t know.


    November 10, 2009 at 11:22 pm

  27. You my friend are an Idiot. I capitalize idiot, because you are so closely related to the word it should be a pronoun. I’ve lived in KC all my life with the exception of college (something I am just going to assume you have yet to attempt, or failed to early on to develop)and never eaten at Strouds. Both my father and brother are Kansas City Police officers. As for Negro league/Jazz congrats on the trivia my tourist friend, I didn’t think of that one.
    I have spent enough time debating with the mindset of a backwoods adolescent. Assuming with the time you spend on here, you do get incredibly lonely at night, I can tell you that you can pick up a prostitutes are on just about every corner driving Prospect and Troost Ave.


    November 11, 2009 at 2:33 am

  28. (Correction to my sentence I reworded but left parts of the old sentence in)

    Assuming with the time you spend on here, you do get incredibly lonely at night. I can tell you that you can pick up a prostitute on just about every corner driving down Prospect and Troost Ave.


    November 11, 2009 at 7:41 am

  29. Hmm, I do believe now that you have been to Kansas City at least long enough to pick up a prostitute.


    November 11, 2009 at 10:11 am

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